African Journal of Paediatric Surgery

LETTER TO EDITOR
Year
: 2010  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 215-

Preparation for surgery in paediatric cases with swine flu: Suggested procedure


Viroj Wiwanitkit 
 Wiwanitkit House, Bangkhae, Bangkok, Thailand

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Viroj Wiwanitkit
Wiwanitkit House, Bangkhae, Bangkok - 10160
Thailand




How to cite this article:
Wiwanitkit V. Preparation for surgery in paediatric cases with swine flu: Suggested procedure.Afr J Paediatr Surg 2010;7:215-215


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Wiwanitkit V. Preparation for surgery in paediatric cases with swine flu: Suggested procedure. Afr J Paediatr Surg [serial online] 2010 [cited 2020 Jul 3 ];7:215-215
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Sir,

Swine flu has become a pandemic infection and a grave problem of the world and medical personnel have to prepare for the pandemic status. [1] It is possible that there might be a paediatric case of swine flu that needs surgical treatment. The question is how to prepare for this surgery. Guidelines for prevention of respiratory infection can be applied. [2] In case of an emergency, the paediatric surgeon cannot refuse to perform a surgery but s/he has to strictly follow the respiratory infection control protocols. Usage of special protective devices such as N95 face masks should be set for all personnel in the surgical team and everyone who contacts the patient in the pre-operation phase. If the hospital has a specific septic operating room, this is the situation to use it; otherwise, the simple operating room can be used after it is specially prepared. As far as possible, disposable tools should be used. A special note to the anaesthesiologist team to prepare special tools for a septic respiratory infection scenario similar to tuberculosis (TB) must be made before performing the surgery. After the surgical procedure, the operating room should be completely cleaned and disinfected.

References

1Hayward M, Tindale R. Preparing for a pandemic. Emerg Nurse 2007;15:10-5.
2Guideline for prevention of nosocomial pneumonia: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Respir Care 1994;39:1191-236.